- Korean Film News
Korean Film News
LITTLE FOREST to Bloom in the US
Mar 12, 2018
- Writerby Pierce Conran
Healing Drama Draws Strong Responses at Home and Abroad
YIM Soon-rye’s well-received new youth drama Little Forest has confirmed a theatrical release overseas, after finding a distributor the United States.
Featuring KIM Tae-
ri, RYU Jun- yeol, JIN Ki- joo and screen veteran MOON So-ri, the film is an adaptation of the Japanese manga series of the same name, which was also the subject of a previous two-part Japanese cinematic adaptation in 2014 and 2015. Released by Megabox Plus M, Little Forest has found favor with local audiences, having accrued a respectable 785,000 viewers (USD 5.75 million) within a week of its release on February 28. With strong reviews and audience scores, the film’s word of mouth has remained steady.
The ‘healing film’ has also drawn a positive response from the famed Japanese publishing house Kodansha, which published the original
manga, after they praised the film’s evocative depiction of the story’s distinct seasons.
In the United States, Little Forest is released in the CGV Cinema in Buena Park, California on March 2 and then expanded to Los Angeles on March 9 with further markets such as New York and Dallas planned later in its release.
The Handmaiden (2016) star KIM Tae-
ri features as a young city woman who escapes the bustle of the city and returns to her countryside hometown, where she moves back into her mother’s now empty home, makes her own food, works in the fields and rekindles her old friendships. The film follows her new life over the course of four seasons. RYU Jun- yeol of A Taxi Driver (2017) and JIN Ki- joo in her debut film appear as her friends while MOON So-ri (Oasis, 2002) plays her mother.